HIV/AIDS: Almost A Million Infected Nigerians Not On Treatment - Presidency

Henrietta Strickland
March 15, 2019

The Minister of Health, Prof.

According to the report, the number of women living with HIV/AIDS is double the number of men living with the virus.

Also to ascertain the impact of HIV services on the population level and to measure HIV related risk behaviours using a nationally representative sample.

The result of the survey presented stated that HIV prevalence estimates varied across Nigeria with the highest prevalence in South South zone and the lowest prevalence in North West zone.

He said: "The official HIV prevalence for persons aged 15-49 years in Nigeria is now 1.4 per cent".

However, we can not celebrate yet, as nearly a million Nigerians living with HIV are now not on treatment.

Adewole said this improvement was possible due to the huge committee the present administration had channelled towards the eradication of the disease.

Though, the President said the figures indicate that fewer Nigerians are affected by HIV; he added that this development can not be celebrated, as nearly 1million Nigerians are now living with HIV without treatment.

The federal government with the support of the United States President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the Global Fund to fight HIV, TB and Malaria, and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other partners had in June a year ago launched the survey to enable it develop strategies towards eradication of HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis B and C.

Sidibe said the delegation came at a time Nigeria was conducting a national survey on HIV response, adding that the survey would help in tackling the epidemic.

He revealed that Nigeria had dropped from number two to number four on the ranking of countries with highest HIV prevalence in the world.

He said the survey was the best in the world because of the non-interference policy employed and the use of better quality laboratories.

Aliyu thanked the president, development partners and other stakeholders for their support toward ensuring the successful conduct of the survey.

"We will ensure that we focus our efforts on ensuring those infected with HIV achieve viral suppression, minimising the risk of HIV transmission and moving Nigeria closer to controlling the HIV epidemic. Now that we have data that will help us target for impact, I urge all of us not to relent in this fight, but to increase the momentum in a concerted effort to end the epidemic ahead of 2030".

"I appreciate Mr President for adequate funding of the survey which was done in the most efficient manner and it is the largest survey done in nine months".

"We are already a step ahead in this regard, as the federal government has ensured that the HIV treatment programme in Taraba and Abia is properly funded this year and accommodation made to resource future expansions in the coming years", he said.

He said: "Today is a critical turning point in Nigeria for an HIV epidemic that has killed many of our countrymen and women".

This was disclosed by the Director General of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) Dr Sani Aliyu during the formal unveiling of the findings by President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday in Abuja.

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